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All 100 Morehead City Restaurants

Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant

501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557
252-247-3111
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Ranked #65 of 100 Restaurants in Morehead City
Hours:
Sun - Sat 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisines: Seafood
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Good for: Families with children, Large groups
Dining options: Breakfast/Brunch, Lunch, Dinner, Takeout, Dessert
Description: It is our goal to please every customer who walks through our doors. If you have a complaint please contact one of our managers.

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Durham, North Carolina
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19 reviews 19 reviews
9 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

My husband has wanted to eat at the Sanitary for over 20 years! Each time his family traveled to the area they never stopped to eat here because it was too expensive for them. Well, while traveling with our own children we decided to give it a try for lunch. It has the usual tacky decor for an older seafood... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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71 reviews 71 reviews
44 restaurant reviews
47 helpful votes 47 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed December 13, 2014 NEW

Three of us went for lunch in November. I had not been there in at least 20 years and was excited to return to such a historical landmark. However, everything about the place was a disappointment starting with the noise, the rushed service (to get you out the door?), the array of stuff for sale, the ancient rest rooms, the... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
2 reviews
3 of 5 stars Reviewed December 3, 2014

I thought they had good food, just a bit slow and noisy. You can expect this at most places though that have a lot of close seating.

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13 reviews 13 reviews
10 restaurant reviews
3 helpful votes 3 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

We try to get to The Sanitary every time we visit the Crystal Coast, and have never been disappointed. It has a great history in Moorhead City, with beautiful views, and the nice addition of an updated nautical themed bar . Soft Shelled crabs are always excellent , as are the fish tacos and complimentary hush puppies. A surprisingly wide... More 

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
4 restaurant reviews
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 2, 2014

A well established long time Morehead City restaurant with a ton of connections to Morehead City history. Visitors should definitely put the Sanitary on you schedule! Great local seafood and dedicated owners.

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Bethel,NC
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25 reviews 25 reviews
18 restaurant reviews
9 helpful votes 9 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 30, 2014

I had been going to the Sanitary for years when I lived nearby some years ago but it had been a while since I had eaten there.. My husband & I decided to take my mother out for some seafood, so we made a day trip to Morehead just to revisit and get some fresh seafood...unfortunately, the Sanitary, which I... More 

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Durham, North Carolina
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509 reviews 509 reviews
175 restaurant reviews
316 helpful votes 316 helpful votes
1 of 5 stars Reviewed November 19, 2014

This is an historic landmark started in 1938 as a 12 stool eatery with a 2-burner kerosene stove. I really believe people go there because of the historic landmark status. It can't be for the food. Let me start with the pros: good squash casserole, good baked sweet potato, and a cool design for the bar. Now for the cons... More 

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Raleigh, North Carolina
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6 reviews 6 reviews
5 restaurant reviews
4 helpful votes 4 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 13, 2014

The Sanitary has been around forever. I have enjoyed many a meal there. It is a good place to take a family with kids for lunch or diner. I typically get the fried seafood platter, which has always been good. They call it the Sanitary Fish Market because they did no serve alcoholic beverages in the old days so families... More 

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Jacksonville Beach, Florida
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117 reviews 117 reviews
76 restaurant reviews
31 helpful votes 31 helpful votes
2 of 5 stars Reviewed November 9, 2014

Service was pleasant and OK. Fish and shrimp were over cooked. It was nice to have a salad instead of just slaw. Nice to have a bar.

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Morehead City, North Carolina
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122 reviews 122 reviews
96 restaurant reviews
70 helpful votes 70 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 6, 2014

Usually stay away from here until the fall or early spring. Its one of those must eat at tourist locations. Over the years the seafood has always been fresh and very good. Last few visits have been very disappointed. Had to send back the seafood bisque and the flounder seemed to have been frozen and not fresh. Trust me there... More 

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Additional Information about Sanitary Fish Market & Restaurant

Address: 501 Evans St, Morehead City, NC 28557
Phone Number: 252-247-3111
Location: United States  >  North Carolina (NC)  >  North Carolina Coast  >  Morehead City
Open Hours:
Sunday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Monday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Tuesday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Wednesday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Thursday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Friday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Saturday 11:30 am - 12:00 am
Cuisine: Seafood

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